5 Apr 2012

A Dog & His Bed: A Love Story

Our dog Diefenbaker has the best human Grandma around.  Dief's usually a bit of a grumpy old man and growls at everyone walking by, but when he sees my Mom pull up his tail starts flapping (usually knocking over numerous items) and he starts drooling - he just can't contain his excitement.  In his eyes, she is is his bestie. 

Dief is also a bed destroyer. He paws at his beds to get the stuffing just right and in the process usually rips holes in his bed. We've been through quite a few beds in his time.  There are two problems with beds for Great Danes:
1. They are stupid expensive (usually over $100 expensive)
2. They are all ugly.  I refuse to have an ugly bed in our (almost) redecorated living room.

I had some fabric left over from a project that we ended up scraping, and my Mom was kind enough to make a bed for Dief with it. When he came home from doggy daycare (don't judge) the other day his bed was waiting for him.  

Initially he was a little scared of it (as he is of most things).....

Then he grew a bit braver....

And then he just gave into the fluffiness that was calling his name.....

He's pretty much been like this now for 4 days straight. He gets up to eat and poop and then he goes right back on his bed. He's a dog in love....with his bed and his grandma.

My Mom was kind enough to write out her instructions so that you can make one too...

XL Dog Bed Instructions

About 1 hour to measure, cut and sew.  Fight with threading the serger for an hour as well!

Cut 1 piece of fabric 52” x 40” (A), cut 2 pieces 40” x 37” (B & C), keeping the pattern going the same direction.

Layout out (A) with pattern side up.  Layout (B) with pattern side down.  Fold the short side of (B) back over itself 12 inches. Layout (C) pattern side down.

Place (B) on top of (A) aligning the 40” sides. The fold should now be on the half way mark of (A).

Keeping (C) face down, place it on top of (A) and (B), covering the exposed pattern.

*sorry folks, that box to the right should say 'A is underneath' - somehow the 'underneath' disappeared when I transferred it into Blogger.

Serge or sew the two 52” sides together and one end of the 40” side.  Turn everything right side out and sew the last 40” side on the right side.  Fold over 1” and again 1”, towards the back, and top stitch the edge.  Top stitch the other 40” side so they match.

It will look like a pillow sham. 

Insert 4 regular pillows and your dog will be in doggie heaven.

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